undergraduate thesis
Modernist Novel and the Idea of Progress

Lara Tkalčec (2016)
Sveučilište u Zadru
Odjel za anglistiku
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TitleModernist Novel and the Idea of Progress : a Reading of Virginia Woolf's Novels - Mrs Dalloway, Between the Acts and Orlando: A Biography
AuthorLara Tkalčec
Mentor(s)Estella Petrić Bajlo (thesis advisor)
Abstract
This final paper examines V. Woolf's response to the idea of progress on the example of three of her novels: Mrs. Dalloway, Between the Acts and Orlando: A Biography. The idea itself was especially intensified by rapid social, technological and scientific inovations that had taken place in modernity. It is inseparable from the concept of time in the first place and when it comes to literary fiction of the period it can be stated that it addresses issues like temporality (temporal ordering of events in both story and its discourse) as well as narrativity in general. Needless to stress, temporality and story telling are closely connected with the concept of history in both historiographic and literary terms. In historical terms it was evident that the First World War called into question any idea of progress as such, and all the three novels selected for this paper were written after the war. Our analysis of V. Woolf's novels leads to a conclusion that Woolf's literary fiction undermines the idea of progress. Her disbelief in the idea of progress is expressed by her insistence on simultaneity and acausality (in Mrs. Dalloway), circularity and carnevalization of time (in Between the Acts) and a complete atemporality (in Orlando: A Biography).
Parallel title (Croatian)Modernistički roman i ideja progresa : čitenja romana Virginie Woolf (Mrs. Dalloway,Between the Acts i Orlando: A Biography)
Committee MembersVesna Ukić Košta (committee chairperson)
Estella Petrić Bajlo (committee member)
Monika Bregović (committee member)
GranterSveučilište u Zadru
Lower level organizational unitsOdjel za anglistiku
PlaceZadar
StateCroatia
Scientific field, discipline, subdisciplineHUMANISTIC SCIENCES
Philology
Theory and History of Literature
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmeEnglish Language and Literature (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. philol. angl.
Genreundergraduate thesis
Language English
Defense date2016-10-07
Parallel abstract (Croatian)
Ovaj završni rad analizira pristup V. Woolf ideji progresa na primjerima triju njezinih romana: Mrs. Dalloway, Between the Acts i Orlando: A Biography. Sama ideja je posebno potaknuta brzim društvenim, tehnološkim i znanstvenim inovacijama koja su nastale u modernosti. Ta ideja nerazdvojiva je od koncepta vremena i kada se radi o književnoj fikciji toga perioda, može se ustvrditi da ona oslovljava probleme kao što su temporalnost (vremenski redoslijed događaja u priči te njezinom diskursu) kao i narativnost općenito. Ne treba naglašavati da su temporalnost i narativnost blisko povezane s konceptom povijesti u historiografskom i književnom smislu. U povijesnom pogledu, očigledno je da je Prvi svijetski rat doveo u pitanje ideju prograse kao takvu, a sva tri romana obrađena u ovom radu su napisana nakon rata. Naša analiza romana V. Woolf dovodi do zaključka da književna fikcija Virginie Woolf podriva ideju progresa. Njezina nevjerica u ideju progresa izražena je njezinim inzistiranjem na simultanost i akauzalitet (u Mrs. Dalloway), cirkularnost i karnevalizaciju vremena (u Between the Acts) te potpunu atemporalnost (u Orlando: A Biography)
Parallel keywords (Croatian)Virginia Woolf modernism temporality narrativity history Mrs. Dalloway Between the Acts Orlando First World War Industrial Revolution progress Virginia Woolf modernizam temporalnost narativnost povijest Mrs. Dalloway Between the Acts Orlando Prvi svjetski rat Industrijska revolucija progres
Resource typetext
Access conditionOpen access
Terms of usehttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
URN:NBNhttps://urn.nsk.hr/urn:nbn:hr:162:708567
CommitterGorica Lovrić